So you’ve just moved to Orlando, and it’s an entirely new city, so you don’t know where to go or where to eat, and you’re experiencing social anxiety because you have no one to ask quite yet. We’ve all been there, but don’t fret, lone wolf. You can follow some Instagram accounts to find the best food around and get to know more about your new home. Here are nine Instagram accounts you should follow if you’re a newbie to The City Beautiful.
Co-founded by Alex Lenhoff and Yelp’s Orlando Community Manager Andi Perez, the primary of this Instagram account is to build an appreciation for the city of Orlando by showcasing affordable events and entertainment, along with unique places and eateries. “TLDR” version: This account is basically a city tour guide in the form of an Instagram.
DaFoodie’s Instagram is essentially eye-candy for foodies. With at least 1,500 scrumptious-looking dishes from restaurants in Orlando, it might just make you jump into the nearest vehicular transport and head over with drool still hanging from your mouth. Well, not really, but this Instagram is perfect for the adventurous who are still getting to know Orlando’s food culture.
Your high school history class might have been a bore, sure, but don’t underestimate this Instagram’s worth. Their feed features black and white historic photos of Central Florida from Orlando Sentinel’s archive with captions explaining its context. It’s useful for those who are curious about the history of their new city, or find it fun to compare and contrast how things looked back in the day to its modern appearance. Besides, your old high school self might appreciate learning about history in small doses via photographs as opposed to monotonous lectures and never-ending textbook chapters. If nothing else, it makes for a great first impression when a newcomer knows just as much, if not more than a local about the city’s history.
If gorgeous, artistic photos is your preferred method of exploring a place before, you know, exploring, then AroundOrlando’s Instagram will incite a feeling of wanderlust for you in no time. Ten seconds of scrolling past the lovely, high-quality cityscape photos and time-lapse video clips will undoubtedly make you understand why your new home is dubbed The City Beautiful.
From photos of threatening ducks and serene portraits of swans at the iconic Lake Eola, to shots of locals living it up at festivals and parties, Orlandoscene captures and shares the core culture of the city in snapshots and videos. It’s probably not a perfect depiction of what life in Orlando for a college student is like, but there’s definitely some universal experiences that anyone living in Orlando can relate to – those terrorizing ducks being one of them.
Another great one for the foodies, Spork Orlando posts photos of local, yummy-looking dishes, wines, and cocktails from eateries in the Orlando area. They also post announcements of upcoming food, wine and craft beer festivals.
Similar to Orlandoscene, this Instagram feed focuses on Orlando’s music culture and posts photos and videos of live music, concerts and music festivals. It’s also great for staying in the know of what musicians are touring in Orlando and when, as they tend to post announcements of upcoming gigs for artists.
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This Instagram hosts the work of a community of Orlando-based photographers who feature portraits of local residents with a passion. There’s mainly photos of newborns, weddings, couples gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes, musicians and artists.
Here in Orlando, we love festivals. Orlando’s alternative newsweekly’s Instagram might be of value for those of you wanting to know what festivals, concerts, farmer’s markets, and other events are happening every week. They also post about deals, discounts, giveaways, bar specials – a useful Instagram to follow for any college student looking for reasons to procrastinate.